This week, we sat down with #ljmrealbride Rachel Shnayder to chat about her experience shopping for a wedding dress as a curvy bride. Rachel uses her Instagram platform as a space to provide inspiration + fashion tips for other curvy women who want to dress for their body while also looking trendy, and we can’t get enough!
Rachel was married on June 25, 2022 at Magnolia Hill Farm, and wore a stunning, sparkly Berta ball gown on her big day. “I was scrolling on Tik Tok + I saw that dress and was like ‘that is my dream dress, to a T!’ Then I went down a rabbit hole trying to find this designer + saw that you guys sold them and I was like ‘this is perfect!'”
“I tried to have an open mind, I tried on simpler stuff, but I kinda always knew that dress was meant for me.”
Rachel shares that along with our designer selection and location, she also chose to shop with us because of previous great reviews, and the open conversation that we have surrounding size-inclusivity.
“Did you have any fears or hesitations heading into wedding dress shopping?” We asked Rachel, after getting all the details about her beautiful wedding gown. “I definitely had a lot of fears. Even with simple, everyday clothes it’s challenging. I’ll do an online purchase with like 10 things, and sometimes I will end up returning all 10 things because they just don’t fit me right. So, I really had that fear going into wedding dress shopping that just nothing would look good on me. At other boutiques, I had the experience of some dresses just not being able to fit me, which just made me more self-conscious.
But, as soon as I came in here, it wasn’t an issue at all.”
After opening up with us about the hesitations that she had with her heading into wedding dress shopping, we talked about how La Jeune Mariee and our senior stylist Christine put those fears to rest.
“I never felt like there was something I couldn’t try on, or this may not look good on me. I never got any negative energy, it was just a really positive experience right from the start … There was just no pressure, no embarrassment, no judging, it was all just about what I wanted.”
We had such a great time chatting with our beautiful bride – to learn more about our time with Rachel, check out the full video on our YouTube!
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